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SVP, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
Start date
Nov 27, 2023

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Regulatory, Legal/Compliance
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SVP, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer
United States - California - Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gilead’s therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

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Inclusion is one of the company’s five core values. That’s because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

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Job Description

The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will be accountable for developing, evolving, and administering Gilead's ethics and compliance programs to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Reporting to the EVP, General Counsel, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will drive a culture of ethical and compliant yet commercially sound decision making and be an enterprise business partner across Gilead's business.

The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will hold a critical role, they will partner with other senior leaders to establish, model, and reinforce the highest standards of ethical behavior and conduct while providing expertise, consultation and assessments in matters related to compliance, audit, and risk. They will implement and oversee company-wide programs reflecting industry best practice for compliance monitoring, reporting, risk assessment, and remediation. The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will proactively build a culture of compliance and business enablement within their function and with the business at large.

The Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will have direct access to both the Gilead Leadership Team and Board of Directors. Partnership with both groups is critical; the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will have high levels of business acumen and will bring a partnership driven approach to the GLT and Board.

This role will be based in Foster City, CA.

  • Establish and direct Gilead's global compliance strategy for the Company by identifying and assessing compliance risks in partnership with the Executive Team and other members of senior management.
  • Provide insight and direction to the Executive Team regarding the overall development and implementation of the Global Compliance Program in their respective areas of responsibility to mitigate compliance risks.
  • Partner with senior leadership to maintain and further develop a strong culture of ethics and compliance, including personal accountability at all levels in the organization.
  • Establish and direct periodic risk assessments and conduct related ongoing monitoring activities of the Compliance Program, as well as staying abreast of industry and enforcement developments, and recommend policy or procedure modifications when necessary.
  • Chair Gilead's Compliance Committee and actively participates on appropriate leadership and operating committees to ensure that the Compliance Program is effectively integrated within the business.
  • Provide leadership, escalation and reporting on compliance matters and initiatives within the business to the Chief Executive Officer, the General Counsel and other members of the Executive Team, the Board of Managers' Audit, Compliance and Quality Committee and Gilead's Compliance Committee, as appropriate.
  • Conduct required compliance risk assessments to identify any significant risks within the business and implement actions required for necessary mitigation. Report risk assessment findings to the appropriate levels of management with appropriate action plans.
  • Continue to develop or revise and update appropriate policies to ensure compliance with applicable laws, including, specifically, healthcare, data privacy (e.g., HIPAA and EU GDPR), transparency, anticorruption/anti-bribery, antitrust/competition, anti-fraud, and securities laws, as well as global industry codes and regulatory authority guidance for biopharmaceutical companies (such as the IFPMA, EFPIA, BIO, PhrMA Code, the DOJ, and OIG guidance on an effective compliance programs).
  • Educate the organization to ensure understanding of employee responsibilities and ethics and compliance issues related policies and procedures. Create and/or approve compliance training content and ensures all global compliance training requirements are communicated to and implemented by all employees.
  • Identify, propose and implement appropriate technology and compliance assurance systems to facilitate and monitor compliance with current and future applicable legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Oversee testing of and follow-up on matters reported through the company's global Helpline and oversee an effective program for routine monitoring and auditing of adherence to ethics and compliance policies and procedures; identify potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk, and opportunities for enhanced training, and develop and implement corrective action plans as necessary.
  • Develop and lead the investigative capabilities of the organization in close collaboration with Legal, HR and other functions as appropriate. Investigate allegations of violations of policy or misconduct; conduct/coordinate investigations; communicate findings to the appropriate senior leadership and Board Committee, as necessary. Establish in collaboration with HR appropriate, fair, and equitable consequence management for confirmed violations.
  • Lead, inspire, and develop the compliance team, fostering a high-performance culture. Provide mentorship, guidance, and professional development opportunities to enhance the team's capabilities and effectiveness.

  • 15+ years of relevant compliance and industry experience
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent international degree preferred, with active membership in a Bar Association or equivalent body. Minimum of 15 years of experience supporting large, global pharmaceutical companies to deliver at scale and within ethical and compliance boundaries. Proven track record of identifying, raising, and solving challenging compliance and ethics issues.
  • International experience
  • Deep understanding of the global nuance of ethics and compliance. Strong knowledge of the regulatory landscape in the US and key global markets such as China, Europe, and Japan.
  • Therapeutic area expertise
  • Ideally brings experience with a broad range of therapeutic areas including oncology. As Gilead continues to expand its portfolio in oncology, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer will ideally understand the unique opportunities and challenges within the oncology space, particularly immuno-oncology, and biologics. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of regulatory differences across a range of therapeutic areas and bring direct or indirect experience of bringing new products to market in a global environment.
  • Experience building best-in-class ethics and compliance programs
  • Demonstrated experience driving a culture of ethics and compliance that positively informs people's actions and decisions. Experience establishing ethics and compliance guidelines and standard operating procedures. Experience supporting business decision-making (across the enterprise and/or across multiple therapeutic areas or business units), demonstrating strong understanding of the pharmaceutical business models, competitive landscape, needs of its internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience with boards of directors and senior management teams
  • Track record of engaging key senior stakeholders (GLT, Board) to establish and develop strong, trusted partnerships. Demonstrated success in strategic business partnering across multiple internal and external constituencies. Proven ability to build consensus while mitigating risk. Experience working with internal (Public Affairs, HR) and external (patient advocacy groups, community groups) stakeholders to maintain a differentiated brand around compliance and ethics.
  • Breadth of legal experience beyond compliance
  • Legal/compliance experience working with the Commercial organization of a global pharmaceutical company. Experience in M&A or other corporate functions is an advantage.

  • Discerning Judgment and Foresight around Compliance and Ethics
  • Scans the external environment to anticipate industry, regulatory, and socioeconomic trends and establishes ethics and compliance strategy that ensures that shareholder value is delivered in a sustainable and responsible manner. Judicious in anticipating and assessing risks and discerning when to escalate issues to GLT and Board. Prioritizes issues with the most exposure and invests attention accordingly. Fluidly views issues from different vantage points. Adapts approach based on the therapeutic area in question.
  • Balances Courage with Partnership Mindset
  • Bold in supporting the business to pursue its aspirations by taking smart risks while maintaining agility in execution by removing barriers. Listens with curiosity and positive intent yet has the courage to speak up and explain the “why” to ensure compliance. Comfortable navigating ambiguities. Open to evolve their thinking and own the impact of their words and actions.
  • Solution-Oriented and Business-Minded Advisor
  • Provides solution-oriented counsel informed by deep understanding of business needs and the ethics and compliance landscape. Curious about business leaders' perspectives. Operates in Gilead's best interests around both compliance and business goals.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.



Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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